UN’s Struggle For Violence-free Elections


symptoms geneva; font-size: small;”>UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng will on Wednesday visit Mombasa to address a two-day workshop of the Kenya National Committee on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, War Crimes, Crimes against Humanity and all forms of Discrimination.

During the course of his visit to Nairobi on February 11, the Special Adviser held consultations with senior government officials and other actors on the situation in Kenya, particularly on the prevention of inter-communal tensions or violence that if not halted, could escalate to atrocity crimes resembling the 2007-2008 election-related violence.

Dieng will brief the media along with the Chairperson of the Kenya National Committee, Maina and the Executive Secretary of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, Dr. Ntumba Luaba on Friday.

The Special Adviser will urge all actors to restrain from violence or incitement to commit violence and adhere to the rule of law during and after the electoral period.

President Obama recently sent a message to all Kenyans, encouraging them to reject intimidation and violence.

The United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect (the Office) works to advance national, regional and international efforts to protect populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity, as well as their incitement.


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